Our People

The NZAGRC is staffed by a dedicated and enthusiastic team.

The NZAGRC Director, Operations Manager, Project Analyst, International Capability and Training Coordinator, and Administrator are employed by AgResearch on behalf of the NZAGRC, and are based in Palmerston North. The Deputy Director (International) and Operations Manager (International), also employed by AgResearch, are based in Wellington.  Read more about the NZAGRC staff

The NZAGRC team includes more than 50 highly motivated scientists and technical staff delivering high quality science. This team is led by 7 experts in their field providing science leadership and advice to the NZAGRC. Read more about the NZAGRC SLT 

The NZAGRC receives direction from its Steering Group who met quarterly and oversee the NZAGRC's performance against its strategic plan. Read more about the NZAGRC SG 

The NZAGRC receives expert advice on the relevance and quality of its research programme for the international and Maori communities. See more about our advisors page for more information.

Below are some profiles of Our People and the work they do. 

Two vacancies at INRA Paris

Scientific Officer of the international research program on ‘Soils for Food Security and Climate’

1 year position, based at INRA, Paris, France.

The global initiative ‘4 per mil. Soils for Food Security and Climate’ of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/lpaa/agriculture/join-the-41000-initiative-soils-for-food-security-and-climate), was launched during COP21 in December 2015. It includes both an action plan and a research program, and it is supported by more than 200 signatories (countries, regions, international agencies, research and educational bodies, the private sector and NGOs).

The research program has a focus on soil organic carbon, in relation with food security and climate change challenges. It comprises four pillars: 1. Estimating the potential. 2. Developing practices. 3. Defining and strengthening the enabling environment. 4. Monitoring, reporting and certification.

It is developed with the support of the CGIAR, of the Global Research Alliance (http://globalresearchalliance.org), of INRA, CIRAD and IRD in France, and of other international, European and national research partnerships.

The scientific Officer will assist in the coordination and development of research actions in France, involving CIRAD, CNRS, INRA, IRD and universities. He/she will work with French research partners, in relation with the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per mil Initiative, and with focal points of international research organizations and networks involved in the Initiative (CGIAR, GRA, CASA Network… ).

Initial training in soil sciences, environmental sciences and/or agricultural sciences is required.

Excellent skills in coordination, communicating research results and organizing scientific events are needed. The working languages are English and French. A first professional experience (1-3 yrs) would be appreciated. The position is based at Inra’s headquarters (downtown Paris) and involves traveling.

The gross monthly salary is ca. 2,480 Euros. The net monthly salary is ca. 2,060 Euros.

To apply, please send a cv. and a covering letter before September 22, 2017. Availability to start on November 1st, 2017 is required.

Contact persons: Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana (jean-francois.soussana@inra.fr) and Dr. Claire Weill (claire.weill@inra.fr ).


Scientific Officer of the European funded project:  Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil CArbon Sequestration in Agriculture (CIRCASA)

3 years position, based at INRA, Paris, France.

The overarching goal of CIRCASA, which has 23 international partners, is to develop international synergies concerning research and knowledge transfer on agricultural soil C sequestration at European Union (EU) and global levels. CIRCASA has 4 main objectives:

  • Strengthen the international research community on soil carbon sequestration in relation to climate change and food security;
  • Improve our understanding of agricultural soil carbon sequestration and its potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation and for increasing food production;
  • Co-design a strategic research agenda with stakeholders on soil carbon sequestration in agriculture;
  • Create an International Research Consortium in this area.

The Scientific Officer (S.O.) will assist the development of this coordination and support action, which has a strong networking dimension. Initial training in soil sciences, environmental sciences and/or agricultural sciences is required.

Excellent skills in communicating research results and organizing scientific events are needed. The working languages are English and French. A first professional experience (1-3 yrs) in international project management would be preferred. The position is based at Inra’s headquarters (downtown Paris) and involves traveling.

The gross monthly salary is ca. 2,480 Euros. The net monthly salary is ca. 2,060 Euros.

To apply, please send a cv. and a covering letter before September 22, 2017. Availability to start on November 1st, 2017 is required.

Contact persons: Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana (jean-francois.soussana@inra.fr) and Dr. Claire Weill (claire.weill@inra.fr ).


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